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Abdulaziz Al-Helaissi

GIB raises $533m via bond issue

DUBAI, April 25, 2016

Gulf International Bank’s (GIB) latest bond issue met with strong demand as the bank priced its senior unsecured SR2 billion ($533 million) five-year Floating Rate Notes issuance at a spread of 140 basis points above three-month SAIBOR.

The issuance was well oversubscribed, achieving an attractive spread for GIB and reflecting investors’ high confidence in GIB’s financial strength and credit worthiness.

Rated A (Fitch – Foreign Currency)) / A3 (Moody's – Senior Unsecured Debt)), GIB’s bond issue is considered as the first financial institution issuance in the domestic Saudi Riyal market since September 2015.

Initial price guidance was communicated on April 11, which resulted in strong momentum allowing GIB to price the transaction within the guidance range. The order book was well diversified and investors comprised banks, non-banking financial institutions, corporates, government agencies and investment companies within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abdulaziz Al-Helaissi, GIB’s chief executive officer, said: "We are very pleased with the successful closing of this bond issue at this attractive pricing level. The demand from a large number of highly respected entities reflects the market’s confidence in GIB’s experience and strong financial position.”

“This bond issue confirms GIB’s commitment to diversify its funding sources and utilise different funding structures to achieve the most suitable cost of funding for the bank,” he added.

GIB Capital was lead coordinator for the offering, and the joint lead managers and book runners were GIB Capital, Samba Capital & Investment Management Company, Riyad Capital, and Saudi Fransi Capital. – TradeArabia News Service

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